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COSHAR Foundation Promotes Importance of Timely Childhood Immunization at Black Family Reunion Celebration in Washington, D.C.
Date:9/8/2009

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- The COSHAR Foundation - a nonprofit organization dedicated to health education, improvement and empowerment with a focus on minority and disadvantaged populations - will focus attention on the importance of timely childhood immunization at the National Council of Negro Women's (NCNW's) Black Family Reunion Celebration on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The event is recognized as the largest, most significant family event in the nation, attracting more than 500,000 people each year.

"More than a quarter of African American children in the United States and almost one fifth of babies in D.C. are at risk for many life-threatening childhood diseases such as measles, mumps, pneumococcal disease and whooping cough because they are not up-to-date with their vaccinations," said Sharon Allison-Ottey, M.D., executive director of The COSHAR Foundation. "As we join in celebrating the enduring strengths and traditional values of the African American family, we urge parents and caregivers to help ensure the health of our children - and protect our future - by protecting their children through vaccination."

The COSHAR Foundation's participation in the event is part of its national immunization awareness campaign, Protecting our Future: The COSHAR Foundation Immunization Project, which aims to raise awareness of the importance of timely childhood vaccination and to ultimately increase vaccine compliance rates among under-vaccinated children in the United States.

The COSHAR Foundation recently updated its free immunization toolkits with new materials, including information about autism and vaccines as well as information on H1N1 flu. Other materials include resources, flyers, information, questions and answer documents, scriptural references and recommendations for congregational activ
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